Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Homeschool Memoirs- Something New













This is our assignment this week:


Planning your homeschool is a lot of fun, especially if you’re going to be trying something new. Just like finding a shiny new penny, you’re excited to use it. This week I hope you’ll share something new you’re using, why you’ve decided to use it, and if you have used it how you like it.

We are trying a quite a few new things but my favorite is Spelling Power! For years we tried the old way of give them a list to memorize, test them on Friday, watch them feel like a failure. It just didn't work for us. At all.



A friend suggested Spelling Power. It is not graded. You start with a test to put them at the level they need to start at. The book then does tell the parent what grade level this is, but that information is not for the child. They test for 5 minutes every day, only working on the words they get wrong each day. The student workbooks are set up so they write out the rule for the list they are working on, have a 10 step study guide to work on their words, plus a place to write sentences. Then you are supposed to do 5 minutes of skill building activities. 15 minutes. No tears, no feeling helpless or like a failure, and the kids see progress.



What more could you ask for?

7 comments:

Jodi said...

Yep, we are liking SP, too. I used to dread spelling; what a relief to find this program.

momofmhasr said...

hope you continue to enjoy it!

Tina said...

If it works and you love it Keep it! I like Wordly Wise.

Mommy said...

I was just going to tell you that I think my sister is using this too, and loving it too....but I see she already did. :)

See you tonight.

As The World Scraps said...

Yes! I love SP too for my younger elementary grades. Though I still must throw in words such as amateur or Cincinnati. lol

Sherry said...

What a great curriculum! It sounds wonderful!

KarenW said...

Isn't it nice to find something they can enjoy and learn?